Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

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Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
4.5
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 is located in the national historic site at the Halifax seaport where nearly one million immigrants landed in Canada from 1928 to 1971. Today, as Canada’s sixth national museum, we share the ongoing story of immigration to Canada—past to present, and coast to coast. Our exhibits immerse visitors in the immigration experience and allow for a deeper understanding of how newcomers shape our country. Our staff and collections provide opportunities for visitors to discover the countless journeys to Canada and find their own family’s connection to the story. Countless Journeys. One Canada.
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gniteIrene
Toronto, Canada618 contributions
Sep 2021 • Friends
This museum is very informative and a good guided tour is included in the admission price. It’s an opportunity to discover and experience a little of what it was like to immigrate through Pier 21 between 1928 and 1971. Among other things is a replica of a colonist train car that newly arrived immigrants boarded for the next stage of their journey. The film with personal stories of immigrants, their experience and quest for a new life in Canada was very moving. Highly recommended.
Written October 28, 2021
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Marty Bielicki
Jensen Beach, FL14,047 contributions
Oct 2019
If you are on a cruise ship this museum is extremely doable located at Pier 21. It is the only remaining Canadian ocean immigration building. Often compared to Ellis Island, we found their interactive displays to be better than the American counterpart.

The facility came on-line in 1928. The lateness is due to the famous “Halifax Explosion” that killed over 2000 people. Two ships collided in the harbor carrying ammunition. It took Halifax years to recover.

This facility from 1928 through 1971 admitted over million immigrants. Many of their stories are related in this museum. There are videos, plenty of artifacts and pictures and even a colonist train that shipped immigrants across Canada.

There are tours and even audio-guides. There is plenty to see and we highly recommend you need at least an hour or more to see it.

You may come across a memorial sculpture, the “Wheel of Conscience,” commemorating the 1939 German ship “MS St. Louis.” Over 900 Jewish passengers needed refuge. Cuba, the United States and even Canada denied ship entry. Hollywood would later make a movie called “The Voyage of the Damned.” The ship eventually went back to Europe where a quarter of the passengers were killed in the Holocaust.

As for physical presents, we like Ellis Island better. As for interactive displays, the Canadian Immigration Museum wins hands down. If you have time, it is well worth the price of admission.

We also enjoyed walking to the Public Gardens and then to Halifax’s famous Citadel. If you get there before 12 noon, you can see and definitely hear the canon going off.

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Written April 4, 2020
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Richard S
St Peter Port, UK119 contributions
May 2022
This museum was particularly interesting to us as my wife's grandparents emigrated to Canada back in 1928 and she was keen to discover what she could about that experience. There is an archive section in the museum with some extremely helpful staff who had access to all the records and was able to provide a lot of information. While she was doing this I took part in the free tour with a most knowledgeable guide. An excellent facility.
Written May 19, 2022
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Real_Duke_of_Hockley
Perth, Canada216 contributions
Jun 2022
Not a bad set-up. The Duchess was able to do a family history search with the assistance of a professional - worth the price of admission on its own. Its at the end of the pier and at the far end of the tourist zone. But a good hike on a clear day - would recommend driving or transit on a cold or miserable day. Also recommend the guided tour.
Written June 21, 2022
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mojomiller
Red Deer121 contributions
May 2022 • Solo
I visited to see if the museum had anymore information about an ancestor who immigrated through Halifax in 1926. Stopped at the family history centre in the lobby first. They didn’t really have much more than ancestry. But I was interested to find out that the pier 21 was constructed 3 years after he arrived.
The exhibits were excellent well laid out and informative. The guide was knowledgeable.
Thought this was the best museum in Halifax I visited. Would recommend to everyone.
Written May 22, 2022
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Carol K
Mount Brydges, Canada73 contributions
Jun 2022 • Friends
Although I did not take any pictures in the museum, I took away so much more. Companies can send you to seminars about culture and diversity but going to this museum, reading the facts, watching the video will teach you so much more than any corporately made On line learning program will. It is enjoyable, educational, informative and you will walk away appreciating more deeply through struggles so many face leaving a country and coming to a foreign land.
Written June 8, 2022
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Nhiker
ks580 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
The museum has very good exhibits and videos that help convey the experience of immigration to Canada. There is an emphasis on the mutinational nature of this immigration. When we visited there was a special exhibit by immigrant photographer Yousuf Karsh. His portraits are amazing and moving.
Written June 2, 2022
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Napen01
Glasgow, UK107 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
Was looking forward to going here and it did not disappoint! It was a good size, had lots of variety and interesting stories. We enjoyed a healthy lunch in the cafe too. It was in a good location with lots of other small attractions nearby the cruise terminal (if you just zig zag past the groups of cruise ship tourists!) We walked all the way along the waterfront to get to the museum and would recommend a stop off at Rousseau Chocolate shop en route!
Written August 9, 2020
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AMsays
Thornhill, Canada3,484 contributions
Aug 2021
This was a real difficult, emotional exercise for me because it chronicled the plight of many Ugandans of East Indian origin, myself included, nearly 50 years ago. This museum is outstanding in providing insightful facts without being patronizing. There are videos as well which you should see. The staff are there to help, if you need to deal with a specific area. I found the setup easy to follow and all the major immigration streams were highlighted. There are lessons to be learned, but in the sum total, Canada has been understanding, compassionate, always ready to help and a shining light for the world to follow. Well done!
Written August 30, 2021
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caprod
Porto Alegre, RS48 contributions
Feb 2019
It is awe-inspiring to think that this very building was the port of entry to such big crowds of desperate immigrants in the most dark eras of the 19th and 20th century. The museum does a really good job in depicting the hardships of the common people that arrived in Canada through this place, with life-size reconstructions of ship cabins, and containers. The information is very detailed and informative. As a bonus, the museum shop is well furnished.
Written January 26, 2020
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